Coaches in the hot seat, WBS pens blow up for 9
The Pittsburgh Penguins had a rest day on Sunday, though we analyzed when the flightless birds proved and what they didn’t last week. There are nearly a dozen coaches in the hot seat or who could change benches this summer. And good news for the Penguins, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers who lost Sunday night.
The WBS Penguins tied a franchise record with a nine-goal outburst against the Bridgeport Islanders. Alex Nylander scored and Sam Poulin scored a pair. The WBS victory put them in a playoff spot. WBS penguin recap.
Go pens baby. General Manager Ron Hextall and Erik Heasley have made a pretty strong team. Alex Nylander looks like a great addition, and the defense with Matt Bartkowski and PO Joseph has NHL strengths.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins showed well against two very good teams on the road. They beat the Minnesota Wild and outscored the Colorado Avalanche before losing 3-2. So what have the Penguins proven and what haven’t they? Pittsburgh Penguins Debate.
I also dove into the Trevor Zegras “Michigan” movement and the latest kerfuffle. Yeah, I’m an old school soul, usually.
Late Sunday night, Jason Zucker posted his own injury update. This seems like good news.
NHL News and National Hockey Now
Sportsnet: Jeff Marek has reviewed the 11 coaches whose contracts are expiring or in the hot seat. 11? ! Sportsnet video.
Montreal Hockey Now: Jordan Harris made his NHL debut. Sources tell us Penguins scouts really like him, and if he hits the open market…Harris signed with Montreal and looked like a stallion in his first game. Montreal Canadiens News.
TSN: Leon Draisaitl has reached the 50-goal mark. He’s the Malkin of McDavid’s Crosby, and he’s got a lot of ads for 50.
Washington: The Caps were outclassed and hammered on Sunday. The Minnesota Wild did it maliciously. Washington Capitals Takeout.
The Capitals trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by eight points with a game in hand.
Philly: Down with the Rangers. In a surprise of surprises, the Flyers squandered a late lead (it wasn’t surprising) but rallied for a win over the New York Rangers (that game was surprising). Philadelphia Flyers takeout.
NYI: The story of the Islanders season will soon be written. Most of Lou Lamoriello’s decisions backfired. Injuries derailed them. And they limped to the finish line. BUT–Cory Schneider has made a triumphant return to the NHL. In his first NHL start in two years, Schneider won in his old barn and JG Pageau had the natural hat. New York Islanders win.
Florida: The Florida Panthers clinched their ticket to the playoffs to the delight of dozens and dozens. This barn should be ORS, not “anyone want to go?” They won and they are in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. Florida Panthers, ah rats!
Detroit: top to bottom. Red Wings are a sinking stone, and no amount of Crazy Bread press box can make our scribes feel any better about it. Tons of young talent. Tons of potential. Terrible results. Bob Duff unvarnished: The Detroit Red Wings need to do five things to right the ship.
Vegas: The Golden Knights put a dagger in the Vancouver Canucks’ playoff hopes, even as Vegas clings to life. It’s not looking good for our old favorite desert dogs who messed up Fleury. But they won on Sunday. Vegas Golden Knights in a playoff spot.
Vancouver: The Canucks were flat against Vegas. One player speculatively linked to the Penguins was Conor Garland. Rob Simpson wrote a shift diary on the Vancouver Canucks winger.
San Jose: There will be no playoffs in San Jose. They had a little run in the middle of the season, but that’s it. Sheng Peng helped NBC break it down – debutant Sasha Chmelevski and serious injuries to Kevin Labanc and Jonathan Dahlen. San Jose Sharks updates.
Colorado: It’s scary to think what can happen to a healthy Avs lineup. Add Gabe Landeskog and Bo Byram to the lineup we saw on Saturday – just, wow. I think only Calgary or Minnesota can stop them, and only by hammering them. Head coach Jared Bednar is excited – his team is healthy. Colorado Avalanche Updates.
Say a prayer, if you have a moment, for the great Mike Bossy, perhaps the most gifted scorer in hockey history, who is battling lung cancer. #bossystrong
—Steve Simmons (@simmonssteve) April 3, 2022